Edward F. Popelka

November 19, 1933 ~ February 5, 2020 (age 86)


Obituary of Edward F. Popelka:

     Edward Frank Popelka, son of William and Christie (Bartak) Popelka was born November 19, 1933 in Belleville, Kansas and passed away on February 5, 2020 at Belleville Health Care Center, Belleville, Kansas at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 16 days.

     Edward also known as Eddie or Ed grew up on a farm one mile east of Belleville, Kansas.  He attended Hills Country School and then Belleville High School graduating in May of 1951. 

     On June 7, 1956 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Morrowville, Kansas he was united in marriage to Barbara Turinsky and to this union five sons were born, Frank, Mark, John, Robert and Michael.

     He served in the United States Army from July of 1956 to June 1958 stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Frankfort Germany.  Upon returning from Germany he and Barbara moved to their home north of Cuba, Kansas where they lived over 60 years raising their family and farmed.

     Farming and family was his life.  He especially liked to drive the country roads and checking the farm crops, as was playing cards, listening to polka music and dancing.

     He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Edward’s Catholic Church.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Christie Popelka, grandson, Jordan Popelka, brothers, Henry Popelka and Stanley Popelka, sister Libby Hallack.

     He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Popelka of Belleville, KS, five sons, Frank Popelka of Cuba, KS, Mark (Michelle) Popelka of Belleville, KS, John (Terri) Popelka of Belleville, KS, Robert (Lesley) Popelka of Cuba, KS, Michael (Summer) Popelka of Seattle, WA, nine grandchildren, one great grandson, one sister, Mary Reed of Belleville, KS, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

     Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, February 8, 2020, St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Belleville, KS, conducted by Rev. Henry Baxa

     Interment will be in Tabor Cemetery, rural Munden, KS with military graveside rites by the Ft. Riley Honor Guard.

     Vigil/Rosary service will be held at 6:00 PM, Friday, February 7, 2020 at Bachelor-Surber Memorial Chapel, Belleville, KS.

     Memorials may be given to the Edward F. Popelka memorial fund.

     Friends may call on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 1 PM to 8 PM at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS.

     Online condolences and information at

     Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS in charge of arrangements

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 Service Program


February 7, 2020

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home Belleville
1322 19th Street - PO Box 326
Belleville, KS 66935

Vigil Service
February 7, 2020

6:00 PM
Bachelor-Surber Memorial Chapel, Belleville, KS
1322 19th Street
Belleville, KS 66935

Mass of Christian Burial
February 8, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Edward Catholic Church
1827 Q Street
Belleville, KS 66935

Please note
Memorials may be given to the Edward F. Popelka Memorial Fund
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